Customer reviews for WinBook Security 4 Channel Network DVR with 4 C7614VD Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Cameras
Review 1 for WinBook Security 4 Channel Network DVR with 4 C7614VD Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Cameras
Not Too Bad For The Price
PostedMay 27, 2012
fromPickerington, OH, USA
First off the User Manual and Quick Set Up Sheet are just adequate. You gotta kinda figure out stuff on your own. The cameras are very clear, but the color is off which I don't really mind. The grass is pink lol. Still not sure how to search for dates and specific times more easily. For what I need though this is a decent system for the money. Would have given 3 1/2 stars but it wasn't an option.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 2 for WinBook Security 4 Channel Network DVR with 4 C7614VD Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Cameras
Better suited to indoor use.
PostedMay 20, 2012
fromNear South Side, Chicago, IL, USA
It works great. I have had trouble logging into the DRV remotely tho. The log-in screen was in Chineese & wouldn't let me enter info to log in. The cameras work good, color is a little off but is adjustable to livable levels in the controll panel. The only reason I say it's better suited for indoor use is the ir LEDs ( night vision ) emitt a very bright red light that makes them visible at night. The light is bright enough to attrack flying bugs ( also triggering motin detection ) and that has got spiders building web webs in front of the lens. And man do spiders look big when climbing in front of the lens.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 3 for WinBook Security 4 Channel Network DVR with 4 C7614VD Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Cameras
Great for Windows users and indoor surveillance, motion detection not so great.
This WinBook 4 Channel Network DVR with 4 Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Cameras is an attractive combo package at a great price. It was very easy to set up and configure by simply adding a SATA hard disk, attaching a VGA monitor to the DVR and hooking up the cameras with the provided cables. Everything you need (except the hard drive) is in the package, and the box clearly says that a SATA hard drive is needed to record video.
Overall, the DVR menu is intuitive and you do not need to read much in the manual. This is a plus, because the manual is close to useless. The package comes with two versions of the manual for the DVR: a hard copy and a PDF on a mini-CD. They both were slightly different from each other, and neither matched the software version that was actually installed on my DVR unit. I could not find anything about this DVR online (manuals, firmware, etc.).
Setting up the cameras, adjusting the picture, setting a title for each camera feed, setting up motion detection and email alarms when motion or video loss is detected can all be configured using the included mouse when you attach a VGA monitor to the DVR unit. Great stand-alone unit, if you keep the DVR accessible.
If you want to utilize the remote network features, however, you are restricted to only Windows with Internet Explorer and Active-X enabled. This is a huge inconvenience if you, like myself, do not have any Windows machines at your house. Linux and Mac are not supported; if you go to the web interface, the page remains half-empty with no functionality whatsoever. The package does tell you that you need IE on Windows, but unfortunately, then you also miss out on some undocumented features that you can only configure from the Active-X control. One of them, for example, is the automatic FTP upload: on a motion event, you can have the clip with the detected motion uploaded to an FTP server. Since my DVR unit was installed in the shed, it nicely uploaded the clips to my Linux media server in the family room, where I could watch the clips on the TV. But I needed a friend's Windows laptop to set it up.
The web interface it not well documented either and it is full of options where you have to guess what they might be for. For example, I could not figure out how to get it to create a clip that started 5 seconds before a motion event and lasted 30 seconds past the end of the motion. Often, the clip ended when a car was walf-way across the screen and the next clip showed the same car complete the drive-by.
The motion detection algorithm is very questionable. I bought the unit to see which neighbors don't pick up after their dogs. No matter how I tweaked the motion settings, or set motion detection zones, I could not get the unit to capture a single person walking along the sidewalk. I walked up and down and it would not detect it. Cars, birds, squirrels, moths (at night, seamingly attracted by the IR lights), clouds moving in front of the sun - everything was in the motion clips, but never a human person, even though I saw them walk past myself.
The recording quality of the DVR looks good at first (when you crank up the quality settings), but once you connect one of the cameras directly to a TV, you realize what you are missing! In the recordings, colors are washed out, bleeding, and adjusting the image does not help much. The generated H.264 videos that you can export were not playable by Linux tools like "mplayer", "vlc" or "Handbrake". Only "XBMC" managed to play them, but you cannot seek in the file. I have not tried the included, proprietary Windows player.
The bundled cameras (C7614VD) are surprisingly great. Their night-vision is very powerful within a few yards and the transition from colored day-vision to black-and-white night-vision is almost seamless. I am thinking about getting those separately and set up a Linux-based DVR of my own.
In the end, I returned the package, because the lock-in to Windows (which I don't have) and my inability to get the motion detection to work as I wanted, were too much of a hassle. If you want to monitor indoor spaces without wildlife, this is a great package and I would definitely recommend it. If you want outdoor surveillance and 24/7 recording where you just go back to a certain timestamp to watch the video, this works great also. But for outdoor surveillance with motion detection I cannot recommend this package.
Attached are two actual capture images of my front yard at night and dureing the day respectively.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 4 for WinBook Security 4 Channel Network DVR with 4 C7614VD Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Cameras
PostedApril 4, 2012
everything works great. Love it. would recommend this to everyone.